Cold as Ice
You lose, they win

Virtually useless

How can it be so difficult to setup a website that people can use?  In fact, why would you bother to setup a website that was people can't use?   

Now, to be fair, I think PPS is a great idea.  Pay your bills by phone any time, day or night, whichever bank you use.  Why bother to set up a direct debit when you can use this service free of charge? All local calls in Hong Kong are free, so it really does cost nothing - the only downside was listening to the recorded messages as you used the service ("Welcome to PPS...Good Evening...To register your bill").

These days, of course, they have a website as well, so no more irritating messages.  Except that rather more irritatingly, it seems to require a "Java Virtual Machine".  Maybe I haven't got one of those on my PC at work, so nothing happens.  I looked at their requirements, and even followed the link to where I could get my own Java Virtual Machine - except that when I got there I had no idea what I was supposed to be looking for.

So I gave up.   

Meanwhile, I finally gave in and upgraded my home PC's Windows XP to SP2.  Having read a few articles about this I came to the conclusion that it might not be straightforward, so I decided it was best to put it off and to be prepared for some problems.  I waited, I got the CD from Microsoft, I backed stuff up before I upgraded, and I hoped for the best.

As it turned out it was very straightforward - didn't take long, nothing went wrong, and I haven't had any problems since I upgraded.  I can even use the PPS website. 

Computers, eh.  Can't live with 'em, can't throw them out of your 37th floor apartment window.       


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Jonathan Stanley

Hehe, this website issue was something I noted in my recentish, just short of a month trip back to the territory, both seeing Chinese websites my cousin read and myself trying to decipher Chinese & English ones.

It appears the whole web accessibility movement that has been a very hot topic in Europe and US of A has completely passed Hong Kong by... in fact, most are still partying to the tune of 1997 era web design mentality. The 1997 irony thing isn't lost on me either. :D

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)